By engaging the public in regional planning, local officials can
help their communities understand how regional plans and
investments are connected to local needs and priorities. When
local officials and residents participate actively in regional
planning processes, these regional decisions are more likely to
take local priorities and preferences into account. This in turn
can provide a foundation for greater consensus on subsequent
local planning, land use and other decisions.
Regional agencies are required by state and federal regulations
to adopt and implement a public participation plan specifically
for the development of the regional transportation plan.
This section provides links to the current public participation
plans of the 18 metropolitan planning organizations covered by SB
View the current public participation plans for all 18
metropolitan planning organizations here. These plans
comply with, and in some cases exceed the minimum public
participation requirements that regional agencies must meet in
developing transportation and housing plans under SB 375.
This guide describes opportunities for local officials to
engage the public in regional transportation planning in
California, with a particular focus on preparation of sustainable
communities strategies required by SB 375.
Public engagement processes are often forums for very deeply held concerns. In some cases, public engagement participants will have very strongly held views about the topics to be discussed; the local (or regional) agency and officials involved; and/or the public engagement process itself.